/ Modified dec 29, 2020 3:29 p.m.

Arizona tax agency head fired after defending education tax

Ducey administration appears to tie removal to Prop. 208

360 ducey at azpm Gov. Doug Ducey during an interview with Arizona 360 at Arizona Public Media on Sept.24, 2019.
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The director of Arizona’s tax collection agency has been abruptly dismissed from his job after outside lawyers defending the agency backed a new voter-approved tax on the wealthy that will boost education funding.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s office announced a new leader for the Department of Revenue Tuesday without mentioning that Carlton Woodruff was out as director.

Ducey spokesman C.J. Karamargin said he could not discuss personnel matters, but then appeared to link Woodruff’s defense of Proposition 208 to his departure. He said the governor expects state agencies not to take policy positions.

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